This morning, I found myself walking along a footpath in Urayasu with my husband and our two small boys. In the dream I am helping our children learn how to fly. It’s a very natural process for them, like learning how to walk. I encourage then to focus on feeling the ki （気）in their bodies while using their imagination to rise up and fly along the path. They take to it naturally, as children do.
My husband stays down on the ground, walking along on the dirt path, ready to catch the kids if they stumble. He’s also there to walk along with them when they are not flying. This works well for the children, having one of us grounded and the other rising up with the imagination. I bump into some branches and remind myself to be mindful so I don’t get caught in them.
A man sees us flying and wants to try too. He puts too much effort into it, focusing only on the weight of his body and the power of his muscles. He can’t get off the ground. I tell him to relax, reminding him that flying is easy. I tell him, “Just focus on the ki and your imagination and then you’ll fly easily too, like the children do. It’s as easy and fun as that. I wonder if he remembers how to have fun? Flying dreams like this remind me of how good it is to relax and have fun.
My friend Linda Lane Magallón is passionate about flying dreams and has a wonderful website devoted to the topic. We were on a panel a couple of years ago at an IASD conference on dreaming in which she shared some of the art she has commissioned artists to do of flying dreams. It looks like I am going to have to revisit that footpath today and do some drawings of my own!